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There is no single academic path we expect all students to follow, but the strongest applicants take the most rigorous secondary school curricula available to them. An ideal four-year preparatory program includes four years of English, with extensive practice in writing; four years of math (see website for specific math guidance); four years of science: biology, chemistry, physics, and an advanced course in one of these subjects; three years of history, including American and European history; and four years of one foreign language. Apply as a first-year student if you have completed less than a full year of college course work.
Each year, we accept a small group (12 on average) of exceptional students to transfer to Harvard College from other similar liberal arts programs. Admitted students come from a range of educational institutions - community colleges, public and private universities in the U.S., and international universities. To be eligible to transfer, you must have completed at least one continuous academic year in a full-time, in-person degree program at one college and not more than two academic years. You must complete at least two full years of study at Harvard. Once a student has completed more than two years total of college at another institution, regardless of courses taken, that student is no longer eligible for transfer admission.
Harvard is the oldest college in the country, steeped in long-standing traditions and campus pride. Our community's spirit and exuberance are alive in every corner of the campus, and we can't wait to show you what makes Harvard a school like no other. We encourage prospective students to learn more about Harvard College - you can register for a campus visit, take a virtual tour, and learn more through student stories.